How many ways can a Mac handle email? Years ago, Eudora was all the rage. Then Microsoft stepped up with Entourage. When Microsoft went into their typical languish mode, I moved everything to Apple’s fledgling Mail app. Are there better alternatives? I’m trying GyazMail on a few IMAP accounts. It’s worth a look.
Missing The Kitchen Sink
Apple’s Mail is not a power email app. But most Mac users don’t require all the search and archive extras that power users need.
GyazMail doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Mail, yet it’s pleasant, comfortable, familiar, and might have just the basic features you need.
For me, the most important features are basics. I prefer three windows panes, multiple accounts, SpamSieve, complete email search, and rules and filters for incoming email.
GyazMail has all that. It syncs with Address Book, has keyboard shortcuts not found in Mail, understands SSL/TLS as well as POP3, IMAP, and SMTP.
There’s not much to not like. It’s missing templates and stationery, but displays HTML messages, and connects message threads. It even supports Growl.
What would make me switch?
I’d actually pay money for a Mac app that handled scheduled email. Write a draft, set a scheduled time, click to save. And the email app would send the message at a specific time.
Changing from one Mac browser to another is easy. There’s little to lose. Email is different. Once you’ve used a Mac email app for a few years, the investment becomes substantial in archived messages, templates, stationery, and feel. Anything new requires a compelling reason to switch.
GyazMail is decent; worth a look. But even the low price tag isn’t enough to make me switch.